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Adult Immunisation - Prof Ross Andrews
With a focus on Flu and Pertussis Vaccines during Pregnancy, Professor Ross Andrews will deliver a keynote on Adult Immunisation.
Professor Ross Andrews is an epidemiologist with major research interests in skin infections and vaccine-preventable diseases, from prenatal to the elderly. Research fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research, Prof Ross is currently the chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), Australia's peak ministerial immunisation advisory committee.
In a world first, he led a randomised controlled trial of pneumococcal vaccine in pregnancy, called PneuMum, which found evidence suggestive of an impact against ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants, and now leads a multi-centre cohort study called FluMum, which is assessing impact of influenza vaccination in pregnancy amongst 10,000 mother-infant pairs.
His work on skin infections has demonstrated that: a short course oral antibiotic is an effective alternative to penicillin injections for treatment of skin sores; and the virtually elimination of scabies—94% reduction in prevalence – following introduction an oral ivermectin-based drug administration program in Fiji. Underpinning his research approach has been his demonstrated commitment to community engagement and capacity building.